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Headhunters Audiobook

Headhunters

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Publisher's Summary

With Headhunters, Jo Nesbø has crafted a funny, dark, and twisted caper story worthy of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers.

Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night, he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft. But when he breaks into Greve’s apartment, he finds more than just the painting. And Clas Greve may turn out to be the worst thing that’s ever happened to Roger Brown.

©2011 Jo Nesbo (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“If you don’t know Nesbø, it’s time to get with it.” (USA Today)

“Like [Stieg] Larsson, Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killers where you least expect to find them. . . . [and] his novels are maddeningly addictive.” (Vanity Fair)

“Chances are you’ll be hooked ... as Nesbø lays down a trail rich in Nordic atmosphere and in character-driven development ... Ultimately, though, what sets Nesbø apart is his ability to keep the pages turning with such intellectual dexterity.” (Newsday)

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    Janet Katz 12-20-11
    Janet Katz 12-20-11 Member Since 2006

    Avid listener of mysteries, thrillers, a little sci fi. Also enjoy self improvement titles. Mom, wife, Social Media Coordinator for biz.

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    "Great beginning, but then it falters."

    This book and its premise about professional headhunters, people who recruit high level professionals for employment, got off to a great start with a great character. Then came a nice, well-placed twist. So far so good. Then, the main character begins an adventure that lasts the majority of the book and requires a HUGE amount of suspension of disbelief. The ending is mildly entertaining but I did not care for Nesbo's methods of exposition through a lot of the book. He's written better ones. I will say the narrator was excellent in all respects.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bokworm 02-06-14
    Bokworm 02-06-14 Member Since 2017
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    "It was just okay....."

    The plot was pretty unbelievable. The Headhunter character....well--I don't want to read any more about him....It lacked the strength of Nesbo's other books and characters and plots. Disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 11-25-13
    John S MA 11-25-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "As good as Harry Hole Series"

    I love John Nesbo's Harry Hole series so I thought I would give this a try. It is quite good and keeps you on your toes guessing what will happen next. Although all of the characters are wanting in moral character, the combination of them is a good fit. Set in Oslo, Norway like the Harry Hole series, the backdrop is the same. The book even brings in Krepos, the same crime squad Harry works in ( but no Harry). Roger Brown, the Headhunter, has his faults but undergoes an evolution during book. In the end, everyone get what they deserve.

    As some reviewers mentioned, it reminds me of the Girl with Dragon Tattoo series. If you like either that series or other John Nesbo books you will like this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    gypsy999 09-18-13
    gypsy999 09-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Stick with Harry"

    I'm a fan of Nesbo's series involving Harry Hole, and was curious to read more of his work. The first hour of this book was great, but the story went downhill from there and meandered from gross to boring and back again. Not recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NCKitkat Goldsboro, NC, United States 06-21-13
    NCKitkat Goldsboro, NC, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2011

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    "not his best"

    I have read all of Jo Nesbo's books, and enjoy the continuity of characters. This book is a deviation from his other books. I did finish the book, but I did not enjoy it nearly as much as his others. It is written in first person from the main character, who is a "headhunter" in the business world, and a shady character who delves in illegal work to provide additional money for his adored wife. It is a mystery, and developed fairly well, but just not up to his normal standards.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Tanguy Arkansas 05-13-12
    Rich Tanguy Arkansas 05-13-12 Member Since 2017

    Concealed Weapon

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    "Very tight plot. I loved it."
    If you could sum up Headhunters in three words, what would they be?

    Staywith it.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost gave up on this book several times. The lead character is not a likeable guy and he is presented by the narrator as being arrogant and condescending. Turns out that these are both necessary for the plot. Don't give up on it and you will be pleased.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tira 07-10-17
    Tira 07-10-17
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    "Brit who read books need to research pronunciation"

    It's fair to say that I've become addicted to Jo Nesbø's books. His thrillers are intense (and often quite funny as well). Headhunters is a peculiar book in that the main character, Roger Brown, is so unlikeable at first that it's hard to imagine that Nesbø could carry off hanging an entire story on these disreputable shoulders. He does it, though, and the story takes off with style and intrigue.
    My real quibble is that audio book companies keep hiring Brits to read these novels -- many of whom have NO IDEA how to pronounce the Norwegian names. The character Kjikerud, for example, is not pronounced "Shee-rood," no matter what Mr. West might think.
    DRIVES. ME. NUTS.
    However, if you can move beyond that, West gives some great vocal performances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Kromrie 06-21-17
    J. Kromrie 06-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Too clever by half!"

    A delightful romp as a man that considers himself an indrusty titan get outmanned and outclevered; enjoy reading how he recaptures his manhood in this artfully woven yarn that firmly established me as a lifelong fan of the author. Note to sensitive readers: contains detailed sexual scenarios and "pulls no punches" regarding violent and nausea- inducing descriptions (that info alone should attract interest in the type of reader that will enjoy the wonderful experience of reading this novel).

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    Elfie 05-15-17
    Elfie 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant!"

    Loved it! Good to the last drop. So many twists and turns ... Kept meon the edge of my seat.

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    zoolady 03-11-16
    zoolady 03-11-16
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    "Jo nesbo never disappoints!"

    What a great ride through twists and turns - grisly, gripping and darkly funny. It's only a shame it had to end!

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